Bangkok (www.the-afc.com): DPR Korea started their AFC U-23 Championship 2016 qualifying campaign with a 4-0 win over the Philippines at the Rajamangala Stadium in Thailand on Friday.
Ra Pong-gi’s side led the match 2-0 at the break before two substitutes added two more goals after the interval in the Group G game.
Ri Hyong-jin opened the scoring on 17 minutes before So Kyong-jin doubled the lead with a penalty kick in first-half stoppage time.
Jang Ok-chol, who came off the bench to replace Ho Myong-chol on 57 minutes, made it 3-0 five minutes later.
Pak Hyon-il, substitute for Mun Hyok on 14 minutes, scored the North Koreans’ fourth and final goal on 80 minutes.
DPR Korea will next play Cambodia while the Jim Fraser-led Philippines will take on hosts Thailand on Sunday.
Ten group winners and five best second-placed teams from all groups will join hosts Qatar at the AFC U-23 Championship 2016, with January’s 16-team competition also serving as Asia’s qualifying tournament for the Olympic Games in Rio.
1 GK AN TAE SONG
2 DF JONG KWANG SOK
5 DF JANG KUK CHOL (C)
6 MF RI IL JIN
7 FW JO KWANG (31′, 15 FW HO MYONG CHOL, 57′ 11 FW JANG OK CHOL)
9 MF MUN HYOK (14′ 19 FW PAK HYON IL)
10 MF KIM JU SONG
12 MF RI HYONG JIN
14 MF YUN IL GWANG
20 MF SO KYONG JIN
22 MF PAK MYONG SONG
Reti: 17′ RI HYONG JIN, 45+1′ SO KYONG JIN (Rig), 62′ JANG OK CHOL, 80′ PAK HYON IL)
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